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Wednesday, 05 October 2011

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toranbrig1 Today’s reviews come from two highly respected names in the cigar industry: Carlos Toraño and Alec Bradley. Keep reading for details on what the Carlos Toraño Brigade Robusto and the Alec Bradley Tempus Genesis have to offer.

Carlos Toraño Brigade Robusto

Finding a solid everyday cigar can be a bit of a chore now thanks to rising cigar taxes that have assaulted the industry. Luckily, there’s the Brigade from Carlos Toraño. The Brigade comes in bundles, eliminating any fancy packaging to help keep the price down. It also is said to offer a smooth profile that makes it ideal for smoking during any time of the day. I’ve tried Toraño smokes in the past and have been impressed, so I am hoping that the Brigade continues that trend, as my cigar budget could definitely use a break every now and then.

The Carlos Toraño Brigade Robusto measures 5 x 52. Other sizes in the line include the 6 x 50 Toro, 6 ¼ x 52 Torpedo, and 7 x 48 Churchill. The cigar’s filler consists of a blend of tobaccos from the Esteli and Pueblo Nuevo regions of Nicaragua. The binder is also Nicaraguan, and a premium Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper tops things off.

In terms of presentation and appearance, the Brigade Robusto is nothing special. Then again, it is a bundled cigar, so I cannot expect much in this area. There are no frills, with the exception of a simple black and gold band near the head that proudly displays the Brigade moniker. The cigar itself has a nice golden brown wrapper with a slight sheen of oil. There are a few medium-sized veins, but no major imperfections. Touching the cigar, I can tell that it’s well-packed with tobacco. The overall construction seems good to go. Before lighting, there’s a cold taste and aroma that are both spicy. They’re not spicy in a powerful sense, however.

The Toraño Brigade Robusto lights with ease and has an excellent draw. The light gray ash is solid. The smoke is thick. I can rest my lighter, since no touch-ups or re-lights are needed. The cigar is another example of excellent burn qualities as usual from Toraño.

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